Young Hearts Theatre

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 Young Hearts Theater, Inc

 Board of Director August 2013 - July 2014

President - Jerry Potter
Home: (502) 741-7544 

Vice President - Ann Wolf
Home: (502) 458-3304

Secretary - Marie Broadhurst
Home: 502-451-5891

Treasurer - Joyce Miller
Home: (502) 228-0953

Board Member – Willa Fougnie
Home: (502) 245-1498

Board Member - Don Schlader
Home: (502) 245-8002 

Board Member - Jan Howard
Home: (502) 895-2325

Board Member - Jim Galloway
Home: (502) 426-4310

Board Member - Rosemary Bott
Home:  (502) 458-4301 

Board Member - Jack Francis
Home: (502) 451-8611

Board Member Emeritus - Eloise Terry




Young Hearts Theatre

Young Hearts Theatre, a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization was founded in 1979 by Eloise Terry, a retired internationally known professional Adagio dancer and a local TV performer. Young Hearts is designed to provide retired professional and non-professional performers the opportunity to  contribute to the community and satisfy their desire to remain active in the performing arts.

As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, Young Hearts will never charge for any of their shows, but donations are always heartily welcomed. To join Young Hearts Theatre you must be age 60 or over and audition at the published audition dates prior to rehearsals for the show. Singers, actors, dancers, and back-stage helpers are always needed. Young Hearts produces two major original shows each year (a Spring and a Fall Show) as well as performing "Mini-Shows" for various clubs, organizations, assisted living and nursing facilities between their productions.










2014 Fall Production
"The Frisky Fifties"
Written & Directed by: Willa Fougnie




Louisville, KY (September 25-28, 2014)

The show will be performed at the Ursuline Arts Center, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville KY 40206 on April 3rd , 5th and 6th at 2:00 pm and Friday April 4th at 7:00 pm.  The theatre entrance/exit has convenient handicapped access and a drop-off point for those requiring assistance, along with ample nearby parking.


Please direct questions to 502-245-1498 or to Don Schlader, Young Hearts Theatre Publicity, @ (502) 245-8002, or by email @


2014 Spring Production
"USA, We Love You"
Directed by:  Richard Ray 
Written & Directed by: Claudette Schlader
Accompaniment by:  Shirley Hawkes

Louisville, KY (April 3-6, 2014) – It is time to go back to our roots and remember our heritage and Richard Ray and Claudette Schlader have created a performance that will do just that.

Young Hearts Theatre is presenting their 2014 Spring Show, “USA, We Love You”, a patriotic reflection of our great American Heritage.  It covers our great country’s history from the early revolutionary days to the present time with heart lifting patriotic music and humor.  

The 2014 Spring Show, “USA, We Love You” will be directed by Richard Ray and Claudette Schlader. The show will be performed at the Ursuline Arts Center, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville KY 40206 on April 3rd , 5th and 6th at 2:00 pm and Friday April 4th at 7:00 pm.  The theatre entrance/exit has convenient handicapped access and a drop-off point for those requiring assistance, along with ample nearby parking.

Please direct questions to Don Schlader, Young Hearts Publicity, @ (502) 245-8002, or by email @


"USA, We Love You" Young Hearts Theatre Cast Photo


"USA, We Love You" Rockerettes Photo


"USA, We Love You"  Cast Photos in Costume





2013 Fall Production

“All Around Broadway” Musical Revue

Devised and Directed by:  Alan Weller
Accompaniment by:  Shirley Hawkes

(September 26-29, 2013) – Broadway New York, and Times Square, are exhilarating places to be, and particularly just before ‘ShowTime’ at all the theaters in that area. There is always an exciting atmosphere among show goers, as they jostle one another on the narrow sidewalks, to get to their theater in time for the show.

Young Hearts Theatre is presenting their production of the musical revue, “All Around Broadway”, devised and directed by Alan Weller, which explores musical theatre over the past 75 years, with familiar music, song and comedy from memorable Broadway shows, designed to provide nostalgic, fast moving entertainment for both the young and older.

The 2013 Fall Show, "All Around Broadway" will be performed at the Ursuline Arts Center, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville KY 40206 on September 26, 28, 29 at 2:00 pm and September 27 at 7:00 pm. The theatre entrance/exit has convenient handicapped access and a drop-off point for those requiring assistance, along with ample nearby parking.

"All Around Broadway" Young Hearts Theatre Cast


"All Around Broadway" Rockerettes Dancers



 2013 Eloise Terry Scholarship Recipients with YHT President, Jerry Potter

Standing Left to Right: Caylynn Brewer(age 13) guitar; Irena Fletcher
(age 9) piano; Aeris Asantewa (age 6) ballet II;  President, Jerry Potter


2013 Spring Show:  "The Church at Hidden Creek"

The members of the Church at Hidden Creek are trying to hold services even as they search for that “perfect” preacher. The search continues through mishaps, plots to raise money and some very improbable situations. A “laugh-out-loud” comedy with lots of jokes, dances and songs.


The Church: Young Hearts Theatre Cast


The Church: Rockerettes Dancers



2012 Fall Show:  "Jubilee: A Country/Gospel Show"

"Jubilee" is a two-act show highlighting our favorite country and gospel music. Numerous songs and productions numbers include some old time favorites: Stand By Your Man, Walking After Midnight, Boot Scootin' Boogie, Your Cheatin; Heart, I'll Fly Away, Precious Lord Take My Hand, and Amazing Grace. It will be a toe-tappin', hand-clappin' presentation of country and gospel music to reach your heart and soul.


Jubilee:  Young Hearts Theatre Cast


Jubilee:  The Rockerettes


Jubilee:  The Buckeroos


Eloise Terry Scholarship Fund

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, Young Hearts Theatre Group presented a donation to Sacred Hearts School for the Arts to initiate the establishment of the Eloise Terry Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund commemorates the Founder of Young Hearts Theater, Eloise Terry, and will be managed by Sacred Heart School for the Art. The Fund will provide a scholorship to be awarded to a student of the arts in the Louisville KY area. Tax deductible donations to the fund may be made through Young Hearts Theatre. The following pictures were taken at the reception on April 14, 2012:


April 14, 2012: Eloise Terry Scholarship Fund Presentation

Center: Eloise Terry, Founder of Young Hearts Theater, Inc, with members of the Young Hearts Theater Board, David Thurmond, Executive Director of School for the Arts, and a student in the Arts Program.



April 14, 2012, ETSF Reception: Eloise Terry, David Thurmond, and Young Hearts Theater long time patrons  (foreground left to right) Lillian Riggs, Lillian Brewer, Willa Fougnie, Barbara Cebe, Irene Lttrell.



2012 Spring Show
"Of Trains 'n' Things"
Written, directed, & choreographed by: Willa L Fougnie  
Accompanied by: Pat Cole


"Of Trains 'n' Things" Cast Photo: 

YHT_Of_Trains_n_Things_Cast.JPG  "Of Trains 'n' Things" Rockerettes:



Thanks to Courier Journal photos, let's take a short walk through some Scenes from Of Trains 'n' Things on April 12, 2012.

Hobo Scene 1936 Era - Opens as Carol Fessler, Don Schlader, Nikki Potter, Jerry Potter, and Jerry Peake sit by the fireside Waiting for a Train


King of the Road - John Mullins, Ben Fessler, and Don Schlader perform in a scene using broom sticks as props

The Rockerettes  dance to 'Tuxedo Junction' during a scene that mimics a busy railroad station in 1936


David Sparks and Barbara Cebe sing If I Knew You Were Comin  I'd Have Baked A Cake as other passengers wait to board their train


Anne Nichol sings Sentimental Journey with the women cast


 Willa Fougnie sings Blues in the Night cause she waiting for that man that just didn't show.


John Mullins and Lil Riggs dancing to Choo Choo Cha Boogie


Cast members get caught up with John and Lil's dance to Choo Choo Cha' Boogie


Jim Galloway and Cast members sing Chattanooga Choo-Choo



"I Do! I Do!" arranged by Pat Cole for Brentwood TN 50th Anniversary Celebration

Youngest couple - Vanessa Clemmons & Jack Francis - "I Do! I Do!", "I Love My Wife", "Something Has Changed", "Love Isn't Everything"


"Middle" Couple - Alan Weller & Joyce Miller - "Nobody's Perfect", "When the Kids Get Married"


"Twilight" Couple - Carol & Ben Fessler - "Where Are the Snows", "Someone Needs Me"



Spring 2011 - "The Red Carpet"
written & directed by Carol Fessler
musical direction by Willa Fougnie


Cast of "The Red Carpet"


Cast of Rockerettes for "The Red Carpet"


Rehearsal for "The Red Carpet"





Fall 2010 - "Ballroom Memories"
written by Cy Webber
directed by Judy Lovelace


Cast of "Ballroom Memories"


Cast of Rockerettes for "Ballroom Memories"


Publicity photos for "Ballroom Memories"




Spring 2010 - ''Recipe - a little of this and a little of that''
written & directed by Willa Fougnie

Cast of "Recipe"


Cast of Rockerettes for "Recipe"


Scenes from "Recipe"









''Thanks for Thirty, Eloise''
2009 Spring Show - 30th Anniversary
written & directed by Willa Fougnie

Thanks for Thirty, Eloise - cast

(photos courtesy of Sally Norton)

''Cabaret Trifecta''
2008 Fall Show
written & directed by Carol Fessler
musical direction by Willa Fougnie

 ''Cabaret Trifecta” was a musical cabaret in two acts, a melodious mixture of vocals and fancy footwork, interspersed with delightful, light-hearted skits. The action takes place in a glamorous night club that harbors a racehorse bookie taking secret bets. Songs include favorites such as: “The Night They Invented Champagne”, “Luck Be A Lady”, “IÂ’m the Last of the Red Hot Mamas”, “I Saw The Light”, “IÂ’ll Never Fall In Love Again”, “You DonÂ’t Bring Me Flowers”, plus many more. Dance routines include clogging to “If YouÂ’ve Got the Money Honey, IÂ’ve Got the Time”, along with the fabulous Rockerettes including production numbers like “No Business Like Show Business” and “Another Opening, Another Show”.

Cabaret Trifecta cast

2008 Spring Show

''A Champion Season''
directed by Cy Webber

A collection of musical numbers from Broadway shows
directed and/or choreographed by Gower Champion.

Cast for Spring 2008 Show

Dress Rehearsal Photos

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